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Saturday, May 17, 2014

MLB Ejection 051: Chris Segal (1; Ned Yost)

HP Umpire Chris Segal ejected Royals Manager Ned Yost for arguing a foul ball call in the top of the 9th inning of the Orioles-Royals game. With one out and two on, Orioles batter Adam Jones attempted to strike a 1-2 slider from Royals pitcher Greg Holland, ruled a foul ball by Segal. Replays indicate Jones's bat did not appear to make contact with the pitch, the call was incorrect. At the time of the ejection, the Royals were leading, 1-0. The Royals ultimately won the contest, 1-0.

This is Chris Segal (96)'s first ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Chris Segal now has 0 points in the UEFL Standings (2 Prev + 3 AAA - 1 Penalty - 4 Incorrect = 0).
Crew Chief Brian O'Nora now has 5 points in the UEFL's Crew Division (5 Previous + 0 N = 5).

This is the 51st ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 20th Manager ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the Royals' 2nd ejection of 2014, 1st in the AL Central (KC 2; CLE, MIN 1; DET, CWS 0).
This is Ned Yost's first ejection since August 31, 2013 (Will Little; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Chris Segal's first career MLB ejection.

Wrap: Baltimore Orioles vs. Kansas City Royals, 5/17/14
Video: With two outs to go, Yost exits for the clubhouse early on a disputed foul ball call (KC)

MLB Instant Replay Review 299: Paul Schrieber (07)

Instant Replay Review confirmed 1B Umpire Paul Schrieber's out call in the top of the 6th inning of the Dodgers-Diamondbacks game. With two out and one on, Dodgers batter Yasiel Puig hit a 0-0 fastball from Diamondbacks pitcher Evan Marshall on the ground to shortstop Chris Owings, who threw to first baseman Paul Goldschmidt as Puig arrived at first base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly, Schrieber's ruling was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Diamondbacks were leading, 9-7. The Diamondbacks ultimately won the contest, 18-7.

This is Paul Schrieber (43)'s seventh Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Jeff Kellogg's 17th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 season.

This is the 299th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly's 11th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 156/299 (.522 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 5/17/14
Video: Play confirmed; D-Backs escape the sixth after Mattingly's failed challenge for Puig (ARI)

MLB Instant Replay Review 298: Tripp Gibson (05)

Instant Replay Review confirmed 3B Umpire Tripp Gibson's safe call in the top of the 7th inning of the Blue Jays-Rangers game. With one out and one on, Blue Jays baserunner R2 Anthony Gose attempted to steal third base off Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos and third baseman Adrian Beltre. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Rangers Manager Ron Washington, Gibson's ruling was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the contest was tied, 1-1. The Blue Jays ultimately won the contest, 4-2.

This is Tripp Gibson (73)'s fifth Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Dale Scott's 12th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 season.

This is the 298th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Rangers Manager Ron Washington's 11th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 155/298 (.520 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Toronto Blue Jays vs. Texas Rangers, 5/17/14
Video: Play confirmed; Blue Jays steal third on losing challenge by Rangers on Tripp's call (TEX)

MLB Instant Replay Review 297: Gary Cederstrom (05)

Instant Replay Review overturned HP Umpire Gary Cederstrom's safe (base touch/appeal play) call in the bottom of the 2nd inning of the Marlins-Giants game. With one out and one on, Giants batter Brandon Hicks hit a 2-1 fastball from Marlins pitcher Tom Koehler on a line drive after which the Marlins appealed Hicks failed to touch first base on his way to second base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Marlins Manager Mike Redmond, Cederstrom's ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Marlins were leading, 1-0. The Marlins ultimately won the contest, 5-0.

This is Gary Cederstrom (38)'s fifth Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Gary Cederstrom's 18th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 season.

This is the 297th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Marlins Manager Mike Redmond's 13th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 154/297 (.519 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Miami Marlins vs. San Francisco Giants, 5/17/14
Video: Play overturned; Following a second look, Hicks didn't touch first base, losing a double (MIA)

MLB Instant Replay Review 296: Manny Gonzalez (06)

Instant Replay Review upheld 2B Umpire Manny Gonzalez's safe call in the top of the 6th inning of the Padres-Rockies game. With two out and one on, Padres batter Everth Cabrera attempted to steal second base off Rockies catcher Jordan Pacheco. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Rockies Manager Walt Weiss, Gonzalez's ruling was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Padres were leading, 6-3. The Padres ultimately won the contest, 8-5.

This is Manny Gonzalez (79)'s sixth Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Fieldin Culbreth's 10th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 season.

This is the 296th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Rockies Manager Walt Weiss' 11th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 154/296 (.520 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies, 5/17/14
Video: Play stands; Padres retain a stolen base following unsuccessful Rockies challenge (COL)

MLB Ejection 050: Layne (2; Kazmir); Replay: Estabrook

HP Umpire Jerry Layne ejected Athletics P Scott Kazmir for arguing a ball four call in the bottom of the 2nd inning of the A's-Indians game. With one out and one on, Indians batter Jesus Aguilar took a 3-2 fastball from Kazmir for a called fourth ball. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the heart of home plate and knee-high (px .039, pz 1.761 / sz_bot 1.620), the call was incorrect. At the time of the ejection, the Indians were leading, 1-0.

Instant Replay Review upheld 3B Umpire Mike Estabrook's live ball (no HR) call in the top of the 7th inning. With two out and two on, A's batter Josh Donaldson hit a 0-0 slider from Indians pitcher Bryan Shaw on a fly ball to deep right-center field, ruled in play for a triple. Upon Replay Review as the result of a request by A's Manager Bob Melvin and initiation by Crew Chief Layne, Estabrook's ruling was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review,  the A's were leading, 5-2. The A's ultimately won the contest, 6-2.

This is Jerry Layne's second ejection of the 2014 season.
This is Mike Estabrook's fourth Replay review of 2014.
Jerry Layne now has -4 points in the UEFL Standings (-2 Previous + 2 MLB + -4 Incorrect Call = -4).
Crew Chief Jerry Layne now has 4 points in the UEFL's Crew Division (4 Previous + 0 N = 4).
This is Crew Chief Jerry Layne's 15th Replay Review of 2014.

This is the 50th ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 19th player ejection of 2014. Prior to his ejection, Kazmir's line was 1.1 IP, ER, 3 BB.
This is the A's' 1st ejection of 2014, 4th in the AL West (SEA 4; TEX 3; HOU 2; OAK 1; LAA 0).
This is Athletics Manager Bob Melvin's 18th Replay Review of 2014.
This is Scott Kazmir's first ejection since Sept 27, 2004 (Bruce Dreckman; QOC = U [Throwing At]).
This is Jerry Layne's first ejection since May 13, 2014 (Joe Girardi; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Oakland Athletics vs. Cleveland Indians, 5/17/14
Video: After balling a 3-2 heater, Layne tosses Kazmir for personal and profane exclamation (OAK)
Video: Play stands; Crew Chief Review of batted ball hit to top of wall is upheld as in play (OAK)

MLB Instant Replay Review 294: Will Little (03)

Instant Replay Review overturned 2B Umpire Will Little's out call in the top of the 6th inning of the White Sox-Astros game. With none out and one on, White Sox batter Alejandro De Aza attempted to steal second base off Astros catcher Jason Castro, who threw to second baseman Jose Altuve as De Aza slid into second base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by White Sox Manager Robin Ventura, Little's ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Astros were leading, 5-3. The Astros ultimately won the contest, 6-5.

This is Will Little (93)'s third Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Ted Barrett's 18th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 season.

This is the 294th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is White Sox Manager Robin Ventura's 10th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 152/294 (.517 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Chicago White Sox vs. Houston Astros, 5/17/14
Video: Play overturned; Chicago gets a steal when replay reveals De Aza slid under the tag (CWS)

MLB Replay Reviews 292-293: Hoye 6, Tumpane 3

Instant Replay Review overturned 2B Umpire James Hoye's out call in the top of the 5th and 3B Umpire John Tumpane's safe call in the top of the 7th innings of the Pirates-Yankees game. In the 5th, with none out and two on, Yankees pitcher David Phelps attempted to pick off Pirates baserunner Tony Sanchez at second base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle, Hoye's ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Yankees were leading, 3-0.

In the 7th, with none out and none on, Pirates batter Sanchez hit a 1-0 fastball from Yankees pitcher Dellin Betances on a line drive to center fielder Brett Gardner, who threw to shortstop Derek Jeter as Sanchez slid into second base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Yankees Manager Joe Girardi, Hoye's ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Yankees were leading, 4-1. The Yankees ultimately won the contest, 7-1.

This is James Hoye (92)'s sixth Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is John Tumpane (74)'s third Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Bob Davidson's 10th, 11th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 season.

This is the 292nd, 293rd Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle's 13th Replay Review of 2014.
This is Yankees Manager Joe Girardi's 14th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 152/293 (.519 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. New York Yankees, 5/17/14
Video: Play overturned; Sanchez is returned to second base following pickoff attempt, review (PIT)
Video: Play overturned; Sanchez is deemed out following this replay review (NYY)

MLB Ejection 049: Ron Kulpa (1; Fredi Gonzalez)

HP Umpire Ron Kulpa ejected Braves Manager Fredi Gonzalez for arguing a fair ball (bunt/out) call in the top of the 5th inning of the Braves-Cardinals game. With none out and one on, Braves batter Aaron Harang bunted a 1-1 fastball from Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller near home plate, where it was fielded by catcher Yadier Molina to third baseman Matt Carpenter to first baseman Matt Adams, Braves baserunner R2 Andrelton Simmons out at third base and Harang out at first base. Replays indicate that after first bouncing off the ground in foul territory and gaining top spin, Molina first contacted the baseball while it was located over foul territory, the call was incorrect. At the time of the ejection, the contest was tied, 1-1. The Cardinals ultimately won the contest, 4-1.

This is Ron Kulpa's first ejection of the 2014 season.
Ron Kulpa now has -1 points in the UEFL Standings (1 Previous + 2 MLB + -4 Incorrect Call = -1).
Crew Chief Eric Cooper now has 1 point in the UEFL's Crew Division (1 Previous + 0 Incorrect = 1).
*The game was delayed one pitch later because Gonzalez refused to exit the third base dugout.*

This is the 49th ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 19th Manager ejection of 2014.
This is the Braves' 2nd ejection of 2014, 2nd in the NL East (NYM 3; ATL 2; MIA, PHI, WAS 0).
This is Fredi Gonzalez's first ejection since Sept 23, 2013 (Angel Hernandez; QOC = Y [HBP NCC]).
This is Ron Kulpa's first ejection since Sept 15, 2013 (Mike Napoli; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Atlanta Braves vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 5/17/14
Video: Failed bunt and double play leads to Gonzalez's ejection as Kulpa doesn't honor appeal (ATL)

Friday, May 16, 2014

Major League Umpiring Debut: Jon Byrne (59)

Umpire Jon Byrne made his MLB debut during the Mets-Nationals game in Washington on May 16. Byrne joined chief Dana DeMuth's crew, serving as Friday evening's second base umpire alongside 3B Umpire Lance Barrett, 1B Umpire Ed Hickox and home plate umpire DeMuth.

Umpire Jon Byrne, 1st MLB Aussie Ump.
Byrne is on the International League umpire roster for the 2014 season, which is his 4th season in the IL and AAA. After graduating from the Jim Evans Academy of Professional Umpiring (JEAPU) in 2004, he began his Minor League career in the 2005 Gulf Coast League, after which he worked the Northwest, Midwest, California, Eastern and Arizona Instructional Leagues before his promotion to Triple-A.

Byrne was born in Perth, Australia and becomes the first Australian native umpire to officiate in the Major Leagues. In Australia, Byrne got his start with the WA Baseball Umpires Association in 1998 after which he attended umpire's school in Adelaide; he worked the 2007-2010 Claxton Shield and 2011-2012 Australian Baseball League (ABL).

He resides in Charlotte, North Carolina and wears the sleeve uniform number 59 at the Major League level. The 5-foot-10, 143-pound May, who makes his MLB debut at the age of 30, will turn 31 in June and has an identical twin brother Kyle, who also officiated in Minor League Baseball.

MLB Ejections 47-48: Sean Barber (1, 2; Bourjos, Matheny)

HP Umpire Sean Barber ejected Cardinals CF Peter Bourjos & Manager Mike Matheny for arguing a strike two call in the bottom of the 4th inning of the Braves-Cardinals game. With two out and two on, Cardinals batter Peter Bourjos took a 0-1 fastball from Braves pitcher Ervin Santana for a called second strike before swinging and missing at a 1-2 pitch in the dirt for a strikeout. Replays indicate the 0-1 pitch was located over the inner edge of home plate and below the midpoint between the top of the pants and top of the shoulders (px -.795, pz 3.379 / sz_top 3.530), the call was correct. At the time of the ejections, the contest was tied, 2-2. The Cardinals ultimately won the contest, 5-2.

This is Sean Barber (29)'s first, second ejection of the 2014 season.
Sean Barber now has 9 points in the UEFL Standings (-1 Previous + 2*[3 AAA + 2 Correct] = 9).
Crew Chief Eric Cooper now has 1 point in the UEFL's Crew Division (-1 Previous + 2 Correct = 1).

This is the 47th, 48th ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 18th player ejection of 2014. Prior to his ejection, Bourjos was 0-2 in the contest (2 SOs).
This is the 18th Manager ejection of 2014.
This is the Cardinals' 2/3rd ejection of 2014, T-2nd in the NL Central (CHC 4; PIT, STL 3; CIN, MIL 2).
This is Peter Bourjos' first career MLB ejection.
This is Mike Matheny's first ejection since Sept 7, 2013 (Tony Randazzo; QOC = U [Throwing At]).
This is Sean Barber's first career MLB ejection.

Wrap: Atlanta Braves vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 5/16/14
Video: Bourjos, then Matheny violate the Standards for Removal from the Game, are tossed (STL)

MLB Instant Replay Review 291: Jim Reynolds (10)

Instant Replay Review upheld 1B Umpire Jim Reynolds' safe call in the bottom of the 8th inning of the Rays-Angels game. With one out and none on, Angels batter Howie Kendrick hit a 0-1 fastball from Rays pitcher Joel Peralta on the ground to shortstop Yunel Escobar, who threw to first baseman James Loney as Kendrick arrived at first base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Rays Manager Joe Maddon, Reynolds' ruling was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Rays were leading, 3-0. The Rays ultimately won the contest, 3-0.

This is Jim Reynolds' 10th Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Bill Miller's 18th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 season.

This is the 291st Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Rays Manager Joe Maddons' 16th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 152/291 (.522 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 5/16/14
Video: Play stands; Kendrick beats out a long throw for an infield single, upheld on review (TB)

MLB Ejection 046: Seth Buckminster (2; Nolan Arenado)

HP Umpire Seth Buckminster ejected Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado for arguing a strike three call in the bottom of the 8th inning of the Padres-Rockies game. With one out and one on, Arenado took a 2-2 fastball from Padres pitcher Alex Torres for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the heart of home plate and below the hollow of the knees (px .196, pz 1.482 / sz_bot 1.600), the call was incorrect. At the time of the ejection, the Rockies were leading, 2-0. The Rockies ultimately won the contest, 3-1.

This is Seth Buckminster (67)'s second ejection of the 2014 season.
Seth Buckminster now has -1 points in the UEFL Standings (1 Prev + 3 AAA - 1 Penalty - 4 N = -1).
Crew Chief Fieldin Culbreth now has 11 point in the UEFL's Crew Division (11 Prev + 0 N = 11).

This is the 46th ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 17th player ejection of 2014. Prior to his ejection, Arenado was 0-4 in the contest.
This is the Rockies' 2nd ejection of 2014, T-1st in the NL West (COL, LAD, SF 2; SD 1; ARI 0).
This is Nolan Arenado's first career MLB ejection.
This is Seth Buckminster's first ejection since April 27, 2014 (Daniel Murphy; QOC = N [Balls/Ks]).

Wrap: San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies, 5/16/14
Video: Arenado is tossed for arguing his eighth-inning strikeout, adding to his 3 LOB count (COL)

MLB Instant Replay Review 290: Quinn Wolcott (08)

Instant Replay Review overturned 1B Umpire Quinn Wolcott's safe call in the bottom of the 9th inning of the Dodgers-Diamondbacks game. With one out and one on, Diamondbacks batter Miguel Montero hit a 2-2 fastball from Dodgers pitcher Brian Wilson on the ground to first baseman Adrian Gonalez, who stepped on first base as Montero arrived. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly, Wolcott's ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Dodgers were leading, 7-0. The Dodgers ultimately won the contest, 7-0.

This is Quinn Wolcott (81)'s eighth Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Jeff Kellogg's 16th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 season.

This is the 290th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly's 10th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 151/290 (.521 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 5/16/14
Video: Play overturned; Dodgers get closer to the shutout on Wilson's screen of Q at first base (LAD)

MLB Instant Replay Review 289: Gary Cederstrom (04)

Instant Replay Review overturned 1B Umpire Gary Cederstrom's no catch (safe/drop) call in the bottom of the 5th inning of the Marlins-Giants game. With none out and one on, Giants batter Hunter Pence hit a 1-0 fastball from Marlins pitcher Henderson Alvarez on a fly ball to right fielder Giancarlo Stanton. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Marlins Manager Mike Redmond, Cederstrom's ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Marlins were leading, 5-3. The Marlins ultimately won the contest, 7-5.

This is Gary Cederstrom (38)'s fourth Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Gary Cederstrom's 17th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 season.

This is the 289th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Marlins Manager Mike Redmond's 12th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 151/289 (.524 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Miami Marlins vs. San Francisco Giants, 5/16/14
Video: Play overturned; Marlins benefit from revised and restored catch-to-transfer rule (MIA)

MLB Instant Replay Review 288: Dan Iassogna (03)

Instant Replay Review overturned 2B Umpire Dan Iassogna's safe call in the bottom of the 3rd inning of the Blue Jays-Rangers game. With none out and one on, Rangers baserunner R1 Leonys Martin attempted to steal second base off Blue Jays catcher Erik Kratz to shortstop Jose Reyes as Martin slid into second base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons, Iassogna's ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the contest was tied, 0-0. The Blue Jays ultimately won the contest, 2-0.

This is Dan Iassogna (58)'s third Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Dale Scott's 11th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 season.

This is the 288th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons' 16th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 151/288 (.525 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Toronto Blue Jays vs. Texas Rangers, 5/16/14
Video: Play overturned; Martin is caught steal second on failed attempt in the third inning (TOR)

MLB Instant Replay Review 287: Ed Hickox (03)

Instant Replay Review overturned 1B Umpire Ed Hickox's safe call in the bottom of the 2nd inning of the Mets-Nationals game. With none out and none on, Nationals batter Danny Espinosa hit a 1-0 changeup from Mets pitcher Jon Niese on the ground to shortstop Ruben Tejada, who threw to first baseman Lucas Duda as Espinosa arrived at first base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Mets Manager Terry Collins, Hickox's ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Nationals were leading, 3-0. The Nationals ultimately won the contest, 5-2.

This is Ed Hickox (15)'s third Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Dana DeMuth's 13th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 season.

This is the 287th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Mets Manager Terry Collins' seventh Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 151/287 (.526 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals, 5/16/14
Video: Play overturned; Mets gain a second-inning groundout on tag play at first base (NYM)

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Major League Umpiring Debut: Chad Whitson (62)

Umpire Chad Whitson made his MLB debut during the Padres-Reds doubleheader in Cincinnati on May 15. Whitson joined Crew Chief Larry Vanover's crew, serving as the first base umpire alongside 3B Umpire Angel Hernandez, 2B Umpire Vanover and home plate umpire Adrian Johnson during Game 1 and as the third base umpire alongside 2B Umpire Hernandez, 1B Umpire Vanover and HP Umpire Toby Basner for the nightcap.

Whitson also worked at MLBAM's Replay Command Center in Chelsea Marketplace, New York, his debut as a Major League Umpire (albeit off-field) occurring on April 12, 2014.

Whitson is on the International League umpire roster for the 2014 season, which is his 4th season in the IL and AAA. Whitson graduated from the Harry Wendelstedt Umpire School as "Outstanding Student Runner Up" and began his Minor League career in the 2005 Appalachian League, after which he promoted to the South Atlantic, California, Arizona Instructional and Eastern Leagues before his current stop in the IL, a nearly nine-year journey to this point. He worked the 2011 and 2012 Arizona Fall Leagues.

Whitson resides in Dublin, Ohio and wears the sleeve uniform number 62 at the Major League level. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Whitson, who makes his MLB debut at the age of 32, will turn 33 in December. His father is a 40-year local umpire who also has officiated football and basketball.

MLB Replay Reviews 285-286: Conroy, Baker (07, 03)

Instant Replay Review confirmed 1B Umpire Chris Conroy's safe (base touch) call in the bottom of the 5th and 2B Umpire Jordan Baker's out call in the bottom of the 8th inning of the Indians-Blue Jays game. In the 5th, with two out and none on, Blue Jays batter Brett Lawrie hit a 3-2 slider from Indians pitcher Scott Atchison on a ground ball to center fielder Michael Bourn. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Indians Manager Terry Francona, Conroy's ruling (Lawrie touched first base) was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Blue Jays were leading, 4-1.

In the 8th, with one out and one on, Blue Jays baserunner R1 Jose Reyes attempted to steal second base off Indians catcher Yan Gomes, who threw to shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera as Reyes slid into second base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons, Baker's ruling was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Blue Jays were leading, 4-2. The Blue Jays ultimately won the contest, 4-2.

This is Chris Conroy (98)'s seventh Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Jordan Baker (71)'s third Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Jerry Meals' 15th, 16th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 season.

This is the 285th, 286th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Indians Manager Terry Francona's 11th Replay Review of 2014.
This is Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons' 15th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 151/286 (.528 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Cleveland Indians vs. Toronto Blue Jays, 5/15/14
Video: Play confirmed; Appealing that Lawrie missed first base, Tito loses his challenge (CLE)
Video: Play confirmed; Jays have a runner caught stealing in the 8th after affirmed call (TOR)

MLB Replay Reviews 283-284: Jim Reynolds (08-9)

Instant Replay Review overturned 2B Umpire Jim Reynolds' out calls in the bottom of the 5th and bottom of the 7th innings of the Rays-Angels game. In the 5th, with one out and one on, Angels batter Grant Green hit a 0-2 fastball from Rays pitcher Erik Bedard on a line drive to center fielder Desmond Jennings, who threw to shortstop Yunel Escobar as Green slid into second base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Angels Manager Mike Scioscia, Reynolds' ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Rays were leading, 1-0.

In the 7th, with one out and two on, Angels batter Albert Pujols hit a 2-1 fastball from Rays pitcher Jake McGee on a fly ball to center fielder Jennings, who threw to shortstop Escobar as Angels baserunner R1 Mike Trout slid into second base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Angels Manager Scioscia, Reynolds' ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Rays were leading, 5-2. The Angels ultimately won the contest, 6-5.

This is Jim Reynolds (77)'s eighth, ninth Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Bill Miller's 16th, 17th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 season.

This is the 283rd, 284th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Angels Manager Mike Scioscia's ninth, 10th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 149/284 (.525 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 5/15/14
Video: Play overturned; Green advances to second on a hustle double in the fifth (LAA)
Video: Play overturned; Angels go 2-for-2 in challenges Thursday on Trout's tag-up to second (LAA)

MLB Instant Replay Review 282: Mark Carlson (04)

Instant Replay Review upheld 1B Umpire Mark Carlson's out call in the bottom of the 3rd inning of the Cubs-Cardinals game. With none out and none on, Cardinals batter Matt Holliday hit a 0-1 slider from Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel on the ground to shortstop Starlin Castro, who threw to first baseman Anthony Rizzo as Holliday arrived at first base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny, Carlson's ruling was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Cardinals were leading, 4-0. The Cardinals ultimately won the contest, 5-3.

This is Mark Carlson (6)'s fourth Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Ted Barrett's 17th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 season.

This is the 282nd Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny's sixth Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 149/282 (.528 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 5/15/14
Video: Play stands; Groundout is challenged and upheld following review from New York (STL)

MLB Instant Replay Review 281: Sean Barber (03)

Instant Replay Review overturned 1B Umpire Sean Barber's out call in the bottom of the 6th inning of the Red Sox-Twins game. With two out and two on, Red Sox catcher David Ross threw to first baseman Mike Napoli in an attempt to pick off Twins baserunner R1 Joe Mauer at first base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire, Barber's ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Twins were leading, 3-1. The Twins ultimately won the contest, 4-3, in 10 innings.
 
This is Sean Barber (29)'s third Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Tom Hallion's sixth supervised Replay Review of the 2014 season.

This is the 281st Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire's sixth Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 148/281 (.527 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Boston Red Sox vs. Minnesota Twins, 5/15/14
Video: Play overturned; Gardy gains an out as BoSox's pickoff attempt is overruled (MIN)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

MLB Ejection 045: Lance Barksdale (1; Lloyd McClendon)

1B Umpire Lance Barksdale ejected Mariners Manager Lloyd McClendon for arguing a check swing (strike three) call in the bottom of the 8th inning of the Rays-Mariners game. With one out and one on, Mariners batter John Buck attempted to check his swing on a 3-2 splitter from Rays pitcher Joel Peralta. Replays indicate Buck attempted to strike the decisive pitch, the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the Rays were leading, 2-0. The Rays ultimately won the contest, 2-0.


This is Lance Barksdale (23)'s first ejection of the 2014 season.
Lance Barksdale now has 4 points in the UEFL Standings (0 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct = 4).
Crew Chief Gary Cederstrom now has 1 point in the UEFL's Crew Division (0 Prev + 1 Y = 1).

This is the 45th ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 17th Manager ejection of 2014.
This is the Mariners' 4th ejection of 2014, 1st in the AL West (SEA 4; TEX 3; HOU 2; LAA, OAK 0).
This is Lloyd McClendon's first ejection since May 3, 2014 (James Hoye; QOC = U [USC]).
This is Lance Barksdale's first ejection since Aug 28, 2013 (Dale Sveum; QOC = N [Check Swing]).

Wrap: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Seattle Mariners, 5/15/14
Video: A half-swing for strike three produces McClendon's hat-throwing antics and early exit (SEA)

MLB Ejection 044: Lance Barrett (2; BJ Upton)

HP Umpire Lance Barrett ejected Braves CF B.J. Upton for arguing a strike three call in the top of the 6th inning of the Braves-Giants game. With one out and none on, batter Upton took a 2-2 curveball from Giants pitcher Juan Gutierrez for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located off the outer edge of home plate and thigh high (px .937, pz 2.412), the call was incorrect. At the time of the ejection, the Giants were leading, 7-4. The Giants ultimately won the contest, 10-4.

This is Lance Barrett (94)'s second ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Lance Barrett now has 1 point in the UEFL Standings (3 Previous + 2 MLB + -4 Incorrect Call = 1).
Crew Chief Dana DeMuth now has 1 point in the UEFL's Crew Division (1 Prev + 0 N = 1).

This is the 44th ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 16th player ejection of 2014. Prior to ejection, Upton was 0-3 in the contest.
This is the Braves' 1st ejection of 2014, 2nd in the NL East (NYM 3; ATL 1; MIA, PHI, WAS 0).
This is B.J. Upton's first ejection since July 7, 2013 (Doug Eddings; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Lance Barrett's first ejection since April 17, 2014 (Jason Kipnis; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Atlanta Braves vs. San Francisco Giants, 5/14/14
Video: Upton strikes out in the top of the sixth, producing a silent treatment ejection (ATL)

MLB Ejection 043: Dan Bellino (1; Troy Tulowitzki)

HP Umpire Dan Bellino ejected Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki for arguing a strike three call in the top of the 4th inning of the Rockies-Royals game. With one out and none on, Tulowitzki took a 3-2 fastball from Royals pitcher Jason Vargas for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the inner edge of home plate and knee high (px -.931, pz 1.840 / sz_bot 1.700), the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the Royals were leading, 3-0. The Royals were leading, 3-2.

This is Dan Bellino (2)'s first ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Dan Bellino now has 9 points in the UEFL Standings (5 Previous + 2 MLB + 2 Correct = 9).
Crew Chief Jeff Kellogg now has 7 points in the UEFL's Crew Division (6 Prev + 1 Y = 7).

This is the 43rd ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 15th player ejection of 2014. Prior to ejection, Tulowitzki was 0-1 in the contest.
This is the Rockies' 1st ejection of 2014, T-3rd in the NL West (LAD, SF 2; COL, SD 1; ARI 0).
This is Troy Tulowitzki's 1st ejection since Aug 1, 2013 (Marvin Hudson; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Dan Bellino's first ejection since Aug 9, 2013 (Ron Roenicke; QOC = Y [Fan Interference]).

Wrap: Colorado Rockies vs. Kansas City Royals, 5/14/14
Video: Tulo is tossed for prolonging his argument over a strike three call back to the dugout (COL)

MLB Replay Review 280: Mike Estabrook (03)

Instant Replay Review confirmed 2B Umpire Mike Estabrook's out call in the bottom of the 9th inning of the Yankees-Mets game. With one out and one on, Mets batter Daniel Murphy hit a 1-1 sinker from Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka on the ground to Tanaka, who threw to shortstop Derek Jeter as Mets baserunner Eric Young Jr. arrived at second base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Mets Manager Terry Collins, Estabrook's ruling was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Yankees were leading, 4-0. The Yankees ultimately won the contest, 4-0.
 
This is Mike Estabrook (83)'s third Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Jerry Layne's 14th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 season.

This is the 280th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Mets Manager Terry Collins' sixth Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 148/280 (.529 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: New York Yankees vs. New York Mets, 5/14/14
Video: Play confirmed; Jeter bobbles and recovers the ball in time for the out at 2nd base (NYM)

MLB Instant Replay Review 279: Chris Conroy (06)

Instant Replay Review upheld 2B Umpire Chris Conroy's safe call in the top of the 5th inning of the Indians-Blue Jays game. With one out and one on, Indians baserunner R1 Asdrubal Cabrera attempted to steal second base on Blue Jays catcher Josh Thole to second baseman Brett Lawrie. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons, Conroy's ruling was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Indians were leading, 4-0. The Indians ultimately won the contest, 15-4.
 
This is Chris Conroy (98)'s sixth Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Jerry Meals' 14th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 season.

This is the 279th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons' 14th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 147/279 (.527 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Cleveland Indians vs. Toronto Blue Jays, 5/14/14
Video: Play stands; Stolen base call is upheld after Jays' challenge (TOR)

MLB Instant Replay Review 278: Jim Reynolds (09)

Instant Replay Review overturned 3B Umpire Jim Reynolds' no-catch (safe/trap) call in the top of the 9th inning of the Nationals-Diamondbacks game. With one out and one on, Nationals batter Jose Lobaton hit a 0-1 sinker from Diamondbacks pitcher Oliver Perez on a line drive to center fielder AJ Pollock. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Nationals Manager Matt Williams, Reynolds' ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Nationals were leading, 5-1. The Nationals ultimately won the contest, 5-1.
 
This is Jim Reynolds (77)'s ninth Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Bill Miller's 15th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 season.

This is the 278th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Nationals Manager Matt Williams' ninth Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 146/278 (.525 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Washington Nationals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 5/14/14
Video: Play overturned; Trap ruling is reversed, effectively switching baserunners (WAS)

MLB Instant Replay Review 277: Manny Gonzalez (05)

Instant Replay Review overturned HP Umpire Manny Gonzalez's foul ball (no HBP) call in the top of the 4th inning of the White Sox-Athletics game. With none out and none on, White Sox batter Dayan Viciedo attempted to check his swing on a 0-2 fastball up and in, striking his bat/hand area. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by White Sox Manager Robin Ventura, Gonzalez's ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the contest was tied, 1-1. The White Sox ultimately won the contest, 4-2.
 
This is Manny Gonzalez (79)'s fifth Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Fieldin Culbreth's ninth supervised Replay Review of the 2014 season.

This is the 277th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is White Sox Manager Robin Ventura's ninth Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 146/277 (.527 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Chicago White Sox vs. Oakland Athletics, 5/14/14
Video: Play overturned; Viciedo is awarded first base on a reviewed, reversed HBP ruling (CWS)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

MLB Ejection 042: Jerry Layne (1; Joe Girardi)

HP Umpire Jerry Layne ejected Yankees Manager Joe Girardi for arguing a strike three call in the bottom of the 5th inning of the Mets-Yankees game. With two out and two on, Yankees batter Kelly Johnson took a 0-2 cutter from Mets pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located off the outer edge of home plate and belt-high (px -1.198, pz 2.469), the call was incorrect. At the time of the ejection, the Mets were leading, 11-5. The Mets ultimately won the contest, 12-7.

This is Jerry Layne (24)'s first ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Jerry Layne now has -2 points in the UEFL Standings (0 Previous + 2 MLB - 4 Incorrect Call = -2).
Crew Chief Jerry Layne now has 3 points in the UEFL's Crew Division (3 Prev + 0 IC = 3).

This is the 42nd ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 16th Manager ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the Yankees' 5th ejection of 2014, 1st in the AL East (NYY 5; TB 3; BOS 2; TOR 1, BAL 1).
This is Joe Girardi's first ejection since May 5, 2014 (Laz Diaz; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Jerry Layne's first ejection since Aug 25, 2013 (Mark Parent; QOC = U [Pre-Game Conf]).

Wrap: New York Mets vs. New York Yankees, 5/13/14
Video: Girardi, upset after fifth-ining strikeout, lets Layne have it, throws out the towel (NYY)

MLB Replay Reviews 275-276: Hickox, L Barrett

Instant Replay Review confirmed HP Umpire Ed Hickox's safe call in the top of the 6th and overturned 1B Umpire Lance Barrett's out call in the top of the 7th inning of the Braves-Giants game. In the 6th, Braves batter Freddie Freeman hit a 2-2 curveball from Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong on a line drive to right fielder Hunter Pence, who threw to catcher Buster Posey as Braves baserunner R2 Jason Heyward slid into home plate. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Giants Manager Bruce Bochy, Hickox's ruling was confirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Braves were leading, 2-0.

In the 7th, with one out and two on, Braves batter Freeman hit a 0-0 fastball from Giants pitcher David Huff on the ground to first baseman Hector Sanchez, who threw to shortstop Brandon Crawford, who threw back to first base as Freeman arrived, Braves baserunner R1 Justin Upton out at second. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Braves Manager Fredi Gonzalez, Barrett's ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Braves were leading, 4-0. The Braves ultimately won the contest, 5-0.
 
This is Ed Hickox (15)'s second Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Lance Barrett (94)'s fifth Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Dana DeMuth's 11th, 12th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 season.

This is the 275th, 276th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Giants Manager Bruce Bochy's ninth Replay Review of 2014.
This is Braves Manager Fredi Gonzalez's fifth Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 146/276 (.529 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Atlanta Braves vs. San Francisco Giants, 5/13/14
Video: Play confirmed; Hickox (Kulpa?)'s call at the plate is questioned and confirmed as correct (SF)
Video: Play overturned; Reversed double play gives Atlanta an insurance run in the 7th (ATL)

MLB Replay Reviews 273-274: Eddings, Hudson

Instant Replay Review upheld 3B Umpire Doug Eddings' safe call in the bottom of the 4th and confirmed HP Umpire Marvin Hudson's safe call in the top of the 6th inning of the Angels-Phillies game. In the 4th, with one out and one on, Phillies batter Chase Utley hit a 1-0 fastball from Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker on a line drive to right fielder Collin Cowgill, who threw to third base as Utley arrived. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Angels Manager Mike Scioscia, Eddings' ruling was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Phillies were leading, 1-0.

In the 6th, with one out and three on, Angels batter Chris Iannetta hit a 0-2 curveball from Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee on the ground to third baseman Cody Asche, who threw to catcher Carlos Ruiz as Angels baserunner R3 Cowgill slid into home plate. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Phillies Manager Ryne Sandberg, Hudson's ruling was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Phillies were leading, 2-1. The Angels ultimately won the contest, 4-3.
 
This is Doug Eddings (88)'s sixth Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Marvin Hudson (51)'s fifth Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Brian O'Nora's 10th, 11th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 season.

This is the 273rd, 274th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Angels Manager Mike Scioscia's eighth Replay Review of 2014.
This is Phillies Manager Ryne Sandberg's 11th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 145/274 (.529 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 5/13/14
Video: Play stands; Scioscia loses his challenge in the 4th on play at third base (LAA)
Video: Play confirmed; Angels inch closer to victory with run in the 6th (PHI)

MLB Instant Replay Review 272: Dan Iassogna (02)

Instant Replay Review upheld 1B Umpire Dan Iassonga's out call in the bottom of the 7th inning of the Pirates-Brewers game. With one out and one on, Brewers batter Lyle Overbay hit a 0-0 sinker from Pirates pitcher Jared Hughes on the ground to Hughes, deflected to third baseman Pedro Alvarez, who threw to first baseman Ike Davis as Overbay arrived at first base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke, Iassogna's ruling was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Brewers were leading, 4-1. The Brewers ultimately won the contest, 5-2.
 
This is Dan Iassogna (58)'s second Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Dale Scott's 10th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 season.

This is the 272nd Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke's sixth Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 143/272 (.526 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 5/13/14
Video: Play stands; Roenicke loses his challenge in the 8th on upheld out call at first base (MIL)

MLB Instant Replay Review 271: Bill Welke (06)

Instant Replay Review overturned 2B Umpire Bill Welke's safe call in the top of the 4th inning of the Rangers-Astros game. With one out and none on, Rangers batter Prince Fielder hit a 0-1 slider from Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel on a line drive to left fielder LJ Hoes, who threw to third baseman Matt Dominguez as Fielder slid into second base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Astros Manager Bo Porter, Welke's ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Astros were leading, 3-0. The Astros ultimately won the contest, 8-0.
 
This is Bill Welke (52)'s sixth Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Brian Gorman's 10th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 season.

This is the 271st Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Astros Manager Bo Porter's 10th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 142/271 (.525 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros, 5/13/14
Video: Play overturned; Prince Fielder not quite able to get a hustle double after review (HOU)

MLB Instant Replay Review 270: Paul Nauert (02)

Instant Replay Review overturned 2B Umpire Paul Nauert's out call in the top of the 9th inning of the Tigers-Orioles game. With none out and one on, Tigers baserunner R1 Rajai Davis attempted to steal second base off Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph to shortstop JJ Hardy as Davis slid into second base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Tigers Manager Brad Ausmus, Nauert's ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Orioles were leading, 1-0. The Tigers ultimately won the contest, 4-0.
 
This is Paul Nauert (39)'s second Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Bob Davidson's ninth supervised Replay Review of the 2014 season.

This is the 270th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Tigers Manager Brad Ausmus' ninth Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 142/270 (.526 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Detroit Tigers vs. Baltimore Orioles, 5/13/14
Video: Play overturned; 9th inning SB proves crucial, leading to four decisive Detroit runs (DET)

Monday, May 12, 2014

MLB Ejection 041: James Hoye (2; Bud Norris)

HP Umpire James Hoye ejected Orioles P Bud Norris for Throwing At Tigers batter Torii Hunter in the top of the 8th inning of the Tigers-Orioles game. With two out and one on, Tigers batter Ian Kinsler hit a home run to left field. Immediately subsequent, Hunter took a 0-1 fastball from Norris for a hit-by-pitch, resulting in a bench clearing incident. Replays indicate the pitch was located inside and belt-high, the call was irrecusable. At the time of the ejection, the Tigers were leading, 4-1. The Tigers ultimately won the contest, 4-1.

This is James Hoye (92)'s second ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
James Hoye now has 3 points in the UEFL Standings (1 Previous + 2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable = 3).
Crew Chief Bob Davidson now has 2 points in the UEFL's Crew Division (1 Previous + 1 U = 2).

This is the 41st ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 14th player ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Prior to ejection, Norris' line was 7.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER.
This is Bud Norris' first career MLB ejection.
This is James Hoye's first ejection since May 3, 2014 (Lloyd McClendon; QOC = U).

Wrap: Detroit Tigers vs. Baltimore Orioles, 5/12/14
Video: Hunter's HBP after HR leads to benches, bullpens clearing and ejection (BAL)
Video: After the game, Tigers skipper Brad Ausmus, Hunter talk about the issue of intent (DET)

MLB Ejection & Replay Reviews: Ripperger, Barksdale, Cederstrom

HP Umpire Mark Ripperger ejected Mariners P Felix Hernandez for arguing balls and strikes in the top of the 7th and Instant Replay Review confirmed 3B Umpire Lance Barksdale and 1B Umpire Gary Cederstrom's No HR (live ball, in play) calls in the bottom of the 1st inning of the Rays-Mariners game. In the 1st, with none out and one on, Mariners batter Robinson Cano hit a 0-1 sinker from Rays pitcher Cesar Ramos on a line drive to left field off the wall. Upon Replay Review as the result of a request by Mariners Manager Lloyd McClendon and initiation by Crew Chief Gary Cederstrom, Barksdale's ruling was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Mariners were leading, 2-0.

On the very next play, Mariners batter Corey Hart hit a 0-1 sinker from Rays pitcher Ramos on a sharp line drive to deep right field and off the top of the outfield wall. Upon Replay Review as the result of a request by Mariners Manager McClendon and initiation by Crew Chief Cederstrom, Cederstrom's ruling was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Mariners were leading, 3-0.

In the 7th, Mariners pitcher Hernandez was ejected during a pitching change. Replays indicate his 1-0 pitch to preceding Rays batter Ryan Hanigan was located over the inner edge of home plate and knee-high, the call was incorrect.* At the time of the ejection, the Mariners were leading, 9-3. The Mariners ultimately won the contest, 12-5.

This is Mark Ripperger (90)'s first ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Lance Barksdale (23)'s fourth Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Gary Cederstrom (38)'s third Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Mark Ripperger now has 0 points in the UEFL Standings (2 Previous + 3 AAA - 1 Penalty - 4 Incorrect = 0).
Crew Chief Gary Cederstrom now has 0 points in the UEFL's Crew Division (0 Previous + 0 Incorrect = 0).
This is Crew Chief Gary Cederstrom's 15th, 16th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 season.
*UEFL Rule 6-5-c-5 states that an incorrectly ruled ball on a 1-0 count "realistically resulted in a different outcome" of the at-bat.

This is the 40th ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 13th player ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 268th, 269th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Prior to ejection, Hernandez's line was 6.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER.
This is Felix Hernandez's first career MLB ejection.
This is Mark Ripperger's first ejection since Sept 5, 2013 (Bo Porter; QOC = Y).
This is Mariners Manager Lloyd McClendon's 11th, 12th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 142/269 (.528 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Seattle Mariners, 5/12/14
Video: Plays confirmed; Mariners see back-to-back reviews in the first go Tampa Bay's way (SEA)
Video: Out of the game, Hernandez vents his frustration to Ripperger, drawing a formal exit (SEA)

MLB Instant Replay Review 267: Dana DeMuth (05)

Instant Replay Review overturned 3B Umpire Dana DeMuth's safe call in the top of the 7th inning of the Braves-Giants game. With one out and one on, Braves baserunner R2 BJ Upton attempted to steal third base off Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum, catcher Hector Sanchez to third baseman Pablo Sandoval as Upton slid into third base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Giants Manager Bruce Bochy, DeMuth's ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the contest was tied, 1-1. The Giants ultimately won the contest, 4-2.

This is Dana DeMuth (32)'s fifth Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Dana DeMuth's 10th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 season.

This is the 267th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Giants Manager Bruce Bochy's eighth Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 140/267 (.524 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Atlanta Braves vs. San Francisco Giants, 5/12/14
Video: Play overturned; Braves lose a stolen base, scoring threat in the seventh on challenge (SF)

MLB Instant Replay Review 266: Laz Diaz (03)

Instant Replay Review overturned 1B Umpire Laz Diaz's safe call in the top of the 1st inning of the Marlins-Dodgers game. With one out and one on, Marlins batter Giancarlo Stanton hit a 0-1 fastball from Dodgers pitcher Dan Haren on the ground to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who threw to Haren, covering, as Stanton arrived at first base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly, Diaz's ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Marlins were leading, 1-0.

This is Laz Diaz (63)'s third Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Jeff Nelson's 13th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 season.

This is the 266th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly's ninth Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 140/266 (.522 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Miami Marlins vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 5/12/14
Video: Play overturned; Marlins pick up an early RBI, but lose a baserunner on Replay Review (LAD)

MLB Instant Replay Review 265: Sean Barber (02)

Instant Replay Review overturned HP Umpire Sean Barber's out call in the top of the 4th inning of the Cubs-Cardinals game. With one out and two on, Cubs batter Anthony Rizzo hit a 0-2 slider from Cardinals pitcher Tyler Lyons on the ground to shortstop Jhonny Peralta, who threw to catcher Yadier Molina as Cubs baserunner R3 Junior Lake slid into home plate. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Cubs Manager Rick Renteria, Barber's ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Cubs were leading, 8-2. The Cubs ultimately won the contest, 17-5.

This is Sean Barber (29)'s second Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Ted Barrett's 16th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 season.

This is the 265th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Chicago Cubs Manager Rick Renteria's 18th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 140/265 (.524 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 5/12/14
Video: Play overturned; Cubs score ninth run enroute to a 12-run pounding of the Cardinals (CHC)

MLB Replay Review Stats: Week 6 Sabermetrics

Instant Replay Review Statistics and Sabermetrics are now available for MLB Week 6. As the numbers and trends begin to form, Close Call Sports and the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League continues with the strategic statistics reporting, the first measure of umpire-centric sabermetrics in professional baseball. Visit Instant Replay Review Statistics 101: Week 1 Sabermetrics for an introduction to Replay Review definitions and terms, including Review Affirmation Percentage (RAP), also known as QOC (Quality of Correctness), Replay Percentage of Success (RPS), alternatively, 1.000 - RAP = RPS, and Manager's Challenge Success Percentage (CSP).

With Week 6 of the MLB Regular Season in the books, the UEFL recaps professional baseball's "this time it counts" living experiment with Instant Replay Reviews. Our sample size is n=264.

Key bullet points:
"Team Most Used" (Made use of Replay Review most often): Chicago Cubs, Oakland A's - 17.
"Team Least Used" (Least use of Replay): Baltimore Orioles - 3.
"Manager's Challenge Leaders" (Most challenges filed): Rick Renteria - 16
"Most successful Manager" (Manager with highest CSP): Fredi Gonzalez - 1.000 in 4/4.
"Least successful Manager" (Manager with lowest CSP): Robin Ventura - .167 in 1/6.
"Umpire most questioned" (Most Replay Reviews): Davidson, G Gibson, Morales, Wolcott - 7.
"Crew most questioned" (Crew Chief whose crew has most Reviews): Larry Vanover - 19.
"Most accurate umpire" (Umpire with greatest RAP): Bellino, Carapazza - 1.000 in 5/5.
"Umpire of greatest overturn" (Umpire with lowest RAP): Tim Welke - .000 in 0/3.
"Overall affirmation or QOC percentage" (Overall RAP): .530 (140/264 Affirmed Replay Reviews).
Team Status Pre-Review (Winning or Losing prior to review [Win-Loss-Tied]): 81-113-69.
Team Status Post-Review (Game Record [W-L]): 123-140. (Delta: 42-27; WPCT: .609).

Actual data:

Sunday, May 11, 2014

MLB Ejection 039: Joe West (2; Ron Gardenhire)

3B Umpire Joe West ejected Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire for arguing an interference (out) call in the bottom of the 4th inning of the Twins-Tigers game. With one out and three on, Tigers batter Andrew Romine hit a 0-1 fastball from Twins pitcher Samuel Deduno on the ground to shortstop, where it hit Tigers baserunner R2 Austin Jackson, resulting in a dead ball and the following base awards and penalties: R3 Victor Martinez was returned to third base, R2 Jackson was declared out, R1 Alex Avila was forced to advance to second base because BR Romine was credited with a single. Replays indicate the batted ball hit Jackson, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the Tigers were leading, 2-0. The Twins ultimately won the contest, 4-3.

This is Joe West (22)'s second ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
Joe West now has 5 points in the UEFL Standings (2 Previous + 2 MLB + 1 Correct [Crewmate] = 5).
Crew Chief Joe West now has 7 points in the UEFL's Crew Division (6 Previous + 1 Correct = 7).
*Rule 7.08(f) states, in part, the runner is out when "He is touched by a fair ball in fair territory before the ball has touched or passed an infielder. The ball is dead and no runner may score, nor runners advance, except runners forced to advance." This specific rule does not provide for the umpire's interpretation, judgment or award of a double play.

This is the 39th ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the 15th Manager ejection of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is the Twins' 1st ejection of 2014, T-1st in the AL Central (CLE, KC, MIN 1; DET, CWS 0).
This is Ron Gardenhire's first ejection since Sept 12, 2013 (Bill Miller; QOC = Y [Fair/Foul]).
This is Joe West's first ejection since April 18, 2014 (Cesar Cabral; QOC = U [Throwing At]).

Wrap: Minnesota Twins vs. Detroit Tigers, 5/11/14
Video: Gardy gets run by Country Joe for arguing Alan Porter's offensive interference call (MIN)

MLB Instant Replay Review 264: Larry Vanover (05)

Instant Replay Review confirmed 1B Umpire Larry Vanover's safe call at first base in the top of the 9th inning of the Angels-Blue Jays game. With one out and two on, Angels batter John McDonald hit a 3-1 sinker from Blue Jays pitcher Brett Cecil on the ground to Cecil, deflected to shortstop Jose Reyes, who threw to second baseman Steve Tolleson to first baseman Edwin Encarnacion as McDonald arrived at first base, Hank Conger out at second. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons, Vanover's ruling was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Angels were leading, 9-3. The Angels ultimately won the contest, 9-3.

This is Larry Vanover's fifth Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Larry Vanover's 19th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 season.

This is the 264th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons' 13th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 140/264 (.530 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. Toronto Blue Jays, 5/11/14
Video: Play confirmed; With a double play off the books, Angels get an extra RBI, run (TOR)

MLB Instant Replay Review 263: Todd Tichenor (02)

Instant Replay Review upheld 1B Umpire Todd Tichenor's out call in the bottom of the 7th inning of the Phillies-Mets game. With none out and none on, Mets batter Eric Young, Jr. hit a 3-2 changeup from Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels on the ground to third baseman Cody Asche, who threw to first baseman Ryan Howard as Young arrived at first base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Mets Manager Terry Collins, Tichenor's ruling was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Phillies were leading, 3-1. The Mets ultimately won the contest, 5-4, in 11 innings.

This is Todd Tichenor (13)'s second Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Tim Welke's 17th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 season.

This is the 263rd Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Mets Manager Terry Collins' fifth Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 139/263 (.529 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets, 5/11/14
Video: Play stands; Young out on a bang-bang play at first after Tichenor's call is upheld (NYM)

MLB Replay Reviews 261-262: James Hoye (04, 05)

Instant Replay Review overturned 1B Umpire James Hoye's out call in the top of the 6th and confirmed his out call in the bottom of the 9th inning of the Indians-Rays game. In the 6th, with none out and none on, Indians batter Nyjer Morgan bunted a 0-1 fastball from Rays pitcher Brad Boxberger on the ground to third baseman Evan Longoria, who threw to first baseman James Loney as Morgan arrived at first base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Indians Manager Terry Francona, Hoye's ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Indians were leading, 4-2.

In the 9th, with none out and none on, Rays batter Logan Forsythe hit a 1-1 cutter from Indians pitcher Bryan Shaw on the ground to shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, who threw to first baseman Carlos Santana as Forsythe arrived at first base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Rays Manager Joe Maddon, Hoye's ruling was affirmed, the call was correct. At the time of the review, the Indians were leading, 6-5. The Indians ultimately won the contest, 6-5.

This is James Hoye (92)'s fourth, fifth Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Mark Wegner's second, third supervised Replay Review of the 2014 season.

This is the 261st, 262nd Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Indians Manager Terry Francona's 10th Replay Review of 2014.
This is Rays Manager Joe Maddon's 15th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 138/262 (.527 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: Cleveland Indians vs. Tampa Bay Rays, 5/11/14
Video: Play overturned; Morgan's head-first slide proved successful on bunt single in 6th (CLE)
Video: Play confirmed; Maddon's challenge in the 9th is futile as Indians get the out (TB)

MLB Instant Replay Review 260: Paul Schrieber (06)

Instant Replay Review overturned 1B Umpire Paul Schrieber's safe call in the bottom of the 7th inning of the Giants-Dodgers game. With one out and none on, Dodgers batter Dee Gordon hit a 3-2 fastball from Giants pitcher Jeremy Affeldt on the ground to catcher Buster Posey, who threw to first baseman Joaquin Arias as Gordon arrived at first base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Giants Manager Bruce Bochy, Schrieber's ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Giants were leading, 4-2. The Giants ultimately won the contest, 7-4, in 10 innings.

This is Paul Schrieber (43)'s sixth Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Ted Barrett's 15th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 season.

This is the 260th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Giants Manager Bruce Bochy's seventh Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 137/260 (.527 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 5/11/14
Video: Play overturned; Replay reveals that with no pulled foot, Gordon was out at first base (SF)

MLB Instant Replay Review 259: Marvin Hudson (04)

Instant Replay Review overturned 1B Umpire Marvin Hudson's out call in the top of the 8th inning of the Yankees-Brewers game. With none out and none on, Yankees batter John Ryan Murphy hit a 1-0 fastball from Brewers pitcher Will Smith on the ground to second baseman Rickie Weeks, who threw to first baseman Lyle Overbay as Murphy arrived at first base. Upon Replay Review as the result of a challenge by Yankees Manager Joe Girardi, Hudson's ruling was reversed, the call was incorrect. At the time of the review, the Brewers were leading, 5-4. The Brewers ultimately won the contest, 6-5.

This is Marvin Hudson (51)'s fourth Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Crew Chief Jerry Meals' 13th supervised Replay Review of the 2014 season.

This is the 259th Instant Replay Review of the 2014 MLB Regular Season.
This is Yankees Manager Joe Girardi's 13th Replay Review of 2014.
Umpires are now 137/259 (.529 Affirmation Rate) in Replay Reviews during the 2014 MLB season.

Wrap: New York Yankees vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 5/11/14
Video: Play overturned; Challenge proves successful, giving the Bronx Bombers a baserunner (NYY)